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In Hungary, a Better Transit System Fueled by the Power of Citizen Engagement

April 18, 2016 | by Levente Lintényi

When the residents of Mátészalka needed a better way to get to the capital, they advocated on their own behalf and won a quicker commute.

On International Roma Day, a Call for Courage and Clarity

April 7, 2016 | by Zeljko Jovanovic

In the many events that take places around International Roma Day, we sometimes lose sight of the larger cause: self-determination and international unity.

In the EU, Media Portrayals of Ukraine Reveal Europe’s Own Self-Interests

April 1, 2016 | by Graham Lee

Depictions of the crisis are often shaped by attitudes that have little to do with Ukraine itself.

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Dealing a Blow to Ukraine’s Soviet-Style Public Spending Corruption

March 29, 2016 | by Gavin Hayman
An online transparency tool that pulls back the curtain on public procurements is already saving the government money.

Brussels’s Response to Attacks Under Scrutiny

March 22, 2016 | by Neil Campbell

Two capitals in one: a joint Belgian and European response is how we defeat terrorism.

Roma Feminists Navigate the Tricky Terrain of Ethnic Stereotypes

March 10, 2016 | by Carmen Gheorghe

For Roma women, fighting domestic violence is complicated by the fact that the very topic can perpetuate myths.

Poland Is Pioneering the World’s First National Open Textbook Program

March 10, 2016 | by Melissa Hagemann, Piroska Hugyecz

The country is revolutionizing its education system with free online textbooks that can be adapted, translated, and altered by teachers and students.

The Strange Invincibility of Corruption in Albania

March 9, 2016 | by Fabian Zhilla

After 25 years of democracy, the country may finally be on the verge of putting a dent in its most persistent problem.

Liberty on Hold: France’s Response to November’s Terror Attacks

February 29, 2016 | by Jonathan Birchall

In this month’s Talking Justice podcast, we examine the emergency powers that grant the French government vast new authority to search and monitor citizens.

Finding a Silver Lining in the UK Surveillance Controversy

February 23, 2016 | by Carolyn O’Neil

Amid the intense debate over the UK’s proposed Investigatory Powers Bill, members of parliament are backing stronger protections for whistleblowers.

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